Metallurgical Unit Operations (Previously: Principles of Unit Operations) - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,430.00
International 2,680.00

This unit incorporates aspects of fluid mechanics and heat transfer to prepare students to study the units Advanced Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy I and Extractive Metallurgy II. The unit addresses the main principles of unit operations which form the basis for mineral processing and extractive metallurgical plants. Focus: mass and energy balances, basic fluid mechanics and key aspects of mass, energy and momentum transfer relevant to the above industries.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. list the important process variables in unit operations of a mineral processing and metallurgical extraction plant
  2. apply principles of mass and energy balance to unit operations
  3. apply principles of fluid mechanics and pumps to transport circuits
  4. discuss and solve problems related to modelling of metallurgical reactors
  5. apply methods of metering fluid and slurry flow to processing plants
  6. solve problems related to heat and mass transfer.
  • Assignments (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Test (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Some applied mathematics or calculus/matrix algebra knowledge is assumed.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Process variables - units and dimensions
2Mass and energy balance
3Fluid mechanics
4Mass transfer and reactors
5Suspensions and slurry transport
6Heat transfer

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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